The Multi-Link-Panel is an innovative, modular rooflight system that is incredibly quick to install and that outperforms more traditional systems in terms of cost, performance and appearance. Due to its range of properties, its use can help save on heating and lighting costs. And with low U Values, use of Multi-Link-Panels can help installers achieve Part L of the Building Regulations.
These rooflights consist of pre-assembled modular glazing panels, manufactured to size for each individual project. Each panel comprises aluminium structural bars that are glazed with lightweight, yet tough, multiwall or solid polycarbonate. The aluminium can be powder coated to a range of colours for a rust and maintenance-free life.
As panels are pre-assembled in a controlled factory environment possible contamination caused by on-site cutting of the glazing sheet can be avoided.
Speed of installation
One of the major benefits of the Multi-Link-Panel relates to the speed at which it can be installed. This is achieved by two factors:
- The pre-assembled nature of the panels which are delivered to site ready to be installed.
- The unique 'fix and link' design of the bar system.
These properties can result in saving two thirds of the time taken to install traditional split bar glazing systems. This can save on labour costs and also drastically reduce any necessary factory/premises shutdown time required while work is carried out overhead. This reduction in installation time has made the use of these rooflights a very attractive option on many rail projects where there is limited possession time in which to carry out the work.
Handling during installation is easier and safer than with traditional glass systems as panels are constructed from materials that are both strong and light in weight. The reduction in weight compared with glass systems has the added benefit of lowering the overall weight of the roof construction, decreasing the stresses on the existing fabric of a building, especially important where a roof refurbishment is being undertaken.
Much of the quickness and simplicity of the Multi-Link-Panel comes from the installation system, with its fix and link aluminium glazing bars. But its long-term performance also comes from the glazing substrate – polycarbonate.
Incredibly tough, yet light in weight this sheet will withstand building and roof movement without shattering, cracking, crazing or breaking. This virtually unbreakable glazing avoids the need for on-going maintenance programmes which are often required with glass. It also eliminates the high costs and potential dangers caused by broken glass fragments, shards or dust falling onto people and products below.
You can choose from the following polycarbonate glazing options. These are generally offered in a clear, opal or bronze tint. Whilst other tints are available these would require a minimum quantity order and may include a price premium.
|16mm multiwall polycarbonate||7m||4m||990mm|
|25mm multiwall polycarbonate||7m||4m||1240mm|
|32mm multiwall polycarbonate||7m||4m||1265mm|
|6mm solid polycarbonate*||4m||4m||600mm|
|*Either standard smooth surface or dimpled finish (including GW Polycarbonate)|
Use of Multi-Link-Panels also offers building owners considerable environmental benefits in terms of their heat insulation properties and light transmission, (especially when using the multiwall glazing) helping to reduce energy costs and improve their carbon footprint. Add to that the fact that both the aluminium and the polycarbonate can be recycled at the end of their long life span and you have a really green rooflight.
Polycarbonate is incredibly light in weight (25mm multiwall weighs only 3 Kg/m2) compared with glass (6mm glass weighs 15 Kg/m2, while 6mm solid polycarbonate only weighs 7.2 Kg/m2). This makes it much easier to handle than a glass rooflight and it means that it can be fitted on to a more elegant looking framework than is required by glass. Because polycarbonate is such a tough material there are no breakages during installation.
Multi-Link-Panels NF (Non-Fragile)
These days we manufacture our Multi-Link-Panels in such a way that they pass the Health & Safety Executives recommended drop test ACR[M]001:2014 ‘Test for Non-Fragility of Profiled Sheeting Roofing Assemblies’. Full information on this topic is covered on our Non-Fragile page.
If you wish to specify our Multi-Link-Panel system, please see our Specification page.
Help & Advice
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